The researchers at the University of Queensland discovered how COVID-19 damages the heart. Their discovery has opened doors to future treatments. The initial cohort study revealed that COVID-19 damaged the DNA of the cardiac tissues. Moreover, it was not detected by the researchers in the samples of influenza.
Dr. Arutha Kulasinghe, a researcher at UQ Diamantina Institute said that although COVID-19 and influenza are both severe respiratory viruses, they have different effects on cardiac tissues.
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Furthermore, the data associated with how COVID-19 impacts the heart has been limited to psychological measurements and biological biomarkers previously. Since obtaining a biopsy of the heart is an invasive procedure.
The study gave an in-depth insight by using cardiac tissues collected during autopsies of seven COVID-19 patients in Brazil, two influenza death patients, and six control patients.
John Fraser, Professor UQ, the person behind establishing the international COVID-19 Critical Care Consortium, said the findings revealed how the virus impacts the body in contrast to other respiratory tract viruses.
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